Some of you may have known that I entered Go-2-baby in the Gerber Generation photo search. She was a contestant in the "sitter" category because at the time, that's all she really could do on her own. I urged my FB friends and Twitter followers to vote daily, well as much as I remembered to do it myself.
The winners were announced yesterday after being postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. There is a grand prize winner and then a total of 6 milestone winners from different categories. That means all entrants pretty much had two chances to win. The grand prize winner not only gets to be featured in a Gerber ad, but receives a cash prize of $50,000. I'm thinking of everything I could've done with all of that money right now. Each of the Milestone winners received a $10,000 Gerber Life College Plan, something else Go-2-baby could use obviously.
So anyhow, Go-2-baby didn't win this competition and I'm completely fine with that. Besides the fact that I didn't go as hard as I could've to solicit votes, I'm really not much of a contest person. Surprise surprise considering I have the reach to possibly gain thousands of votes. You may not be able to tell by looking at my blog, but I'm a pretty popular mommy.
I also entered her in the Children's Place PLACEkids 2012 Search. I voted for her more and shared it out a lot more than the Gerber contest but probably not enough for her to win. There are parents out here who live for contests and they are known to solicit thousands and possibly millions of votes.
As a PR and Marketing professional, I live in the world of impressions, reach and all of that quantitative stuff that lets us know how many people we reaching. Yet in my personal life, I don't do much to market myself or apparently my cute little baby. Maybe if I found a local contest for her to be in, I'd do better at promoting it. I'm not really into the whole pageant thing because I think it makes parents crazy competitive and its usually not good for the child at all. I want my daughter to grow up with confidence, but I don't want her to go through what a lot of those kids go through on shows like Dance Moms and Toddlers and Tiara's. I definitely don't want to create a mini monster like that Honey Boo Boo Child kid. It may be funny to some now, but that's not how I envision seeing my daughter. That behavior of hers is off the chain.
I wrote this post mainly to say that we didn't win the competition and of course congratulate the little girl who won. She's a beauty and I can't wait to see her in the Gerber national ads. Her mom must be super amazing and dedicated to win a contest with over 300,000 contestant. Kudos to Mommy Sara and her baby Mary Jane who loves to eat squash.